Saturday, October 20, 2012

Walker's Voter ID Suppression Law makes it harder to background check registration workers.

Thanks to the new voter ID law passed by Scott Walker, background checks on voter registration workers is a whole lot more difficult and no longer centralized. But what the heck, that nonexistent problem we had with workers signing people up to vote in multiple districts was just too count?

Now we've got more chaos from the unintended consequences of passing purely partisan ideological laws.     
jsonline: Three felons - including one man convicted of multiple counts of forgery - have had their status revoked as voter registration workers in Milwaukee and have been referred to county prosecutors after the Journal Sentinel flagged their criminal backgrounds to city officials.
Here’s the problem:
Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, said his agency does not run criminal background checks on deputies when they are signed up…
Who hatched this nonsensical law to prevent…what?
As part of legislation requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, Republican legislators and Gov. Scott Walker last year changed state law to make it harder for voter registration workers to move between communities in Wisconsin … But makes it harder for watchdogs such as the Journal Sentinel to easily gather information about who is now doing voter registration work.
The old system needed to change? Yes, too many people voted.
Previously, a volunteer or worker seeking to register voters in more than one community could simply get training from the state Government Accountability Board and be certified to register voters across the entire state rather than in a single community. Now these workers don't have that option and have to go to clerks or election officials in each of Wisconsin's roughly 1,800 municipalities to work in those jurisdictions, no matter how small.

That scatters the records on who is serving as registration deputies in clerk's offices around the state and makes it harder to run checks on them as the newspaper did in 2010.

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